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Heart 2 Heart - 101 Stories explaining life on a daily basis (HeartSpeak series - 2) - Have a peep into the book

Joji Valli

A story becomes so intimate to your heart when it touches your heart. I mean, when it makes fire in your heart. Heart 2 Heart sets fire in your heart as you read and personalize it. HeartSpeaks series will enhance you and inspire you to live a life of happiness peace, unity and love. Thus, making this world a better place for each of us to live with the realization -- 'life is too short'.

1. Ability

There was a great lawyer in India. He was known to be
one of the topmost men in his profession. So clients blindly trusted his ability.
Once it happened, he was a little absent minded, and he was fighting a case in the Privy Council. Two Indian States were fighting. He forgot — he had drunk too much in the previous night and had a hangover. When he reached the Privy Council, he even forgot for which side he was fighting. So he started arguing for the opposite party. He was a great lawyer so he argued well. His assistant became very upset and anxious — what should he do? He pulled the lawyer’s coat many times, but he wouldn’t listen; he was so engrossed in the debate.
When there was a break for tea, the assistant said, “You have destroyed the case. You are arguing against yourself.”
But the great lawyer didn’t say anything. When the court re-opened, he said, “Up to now, I was giving you the arguments for the opposite party. Now I will give you the arguments for my party.”
And he won the case.

It is ability that matters. Some people are born with such a knack that they will transform rock into gold if given a chance. Forget about given a chance — they will hunt for the chances and make their footings. They know how to find the gap in the market or in the world of opportunities. They can sell anything under the sun.
I am sure in our daily life we must have come across at least one such person. They don’t need an extra platform to start with and that is their ability. They don’t blame the situation because they know how to play their cards in every circumstance.
It is an ability to flow in all directions simultaneously and in harmony with Existence/God. We become clear in life when we have the mirror-like ability to reflect reality as it is.
So let us introspect and see if we are using all our potentials and abilities to the fullest. Am I able to stand on my own from wherever I fall? We should be like the fallen seeds from the beak of a bird. They sprout on their own and grow into huge trees giving shelter and shade to animals and birds.
Ability is the totality to accept life as it is and surrendering to Existence/God. And that is real ABILITY.

“You are the only person on earth who can use your ability.”  — Zig Ziglar
“We rate ability in men by what they finish, not by what they attempt”  — Anonymous
“Put yourself in a state of mind where you say to yourself, "Here is an opportunity for you to celebrate like never before, my own power, my own ability to get myself to do whatever is necessary.” — Anthony Robbins

15. Commitment

Once a lover was saying to his beloved, “Sweetheart I am
ready to die for you! — I love you so much that just a hint from your side and I will commit suicide, I can sacrifice my life for you. I am going to get you — no power in the world can prevent me! Even if fire rains from the skies I am going to find you!” And so on, so forth.
As he was departing the girl asked, “Will you be coming tomorrow?”
He immediately said, “If it doesn’t rain.”

Commitment should come from the heart and not be forced. Commitment is something that touches the inner being/heart of a person. An unconditional commitment to yourself is the greatest gift you can ever give to yourself. If your commitment is divided, you will have to make compromises at every turn. Commitment is dedicating fully to something — it is the very act of giving birth to the soul in you. You adorn it in the heart with a silent communion. Commitment can only arise out of maturity. It cannot arise out of puppy love or such emotions. So, next time when you give your commitment to someone remember, you are a matured person and other people count on your words and deeds. Once you decide, let your commitment be total, that which illuminates the integrity of a personality.
It is good to introspect: Am I committed to my family and myself? How committed am I to the job and other responsibilities? Thus, become committed to life and a spectrum of multidimensional happenings happen in you.

“Commitment unlocks the doors of imagination, allows vision, and gives us the "right stuff" to turn our dreams into reality.” — James Womack

26. Destiny

French actress was so fond of George Bernard Shaw and particularly his intelligent nature. So one day she approached him and told that she would like to get married to him.
Bernard Shaw inquired, “Why?”
She said, “The logic is simple. I have a tremendously beautiful body. Look at my face, my eyes, my form — it is perfect. And you have a beautiful intellect, the greatest intelligence ever. Our child will be a super blend of your brain and my beauty.”
George Bernard Shaw said, “I am afraid things can go wrong. Our child may have my beauty and your intellect.”

Life is moving on its own accord and we have no control over it. Acceptance is the only weapon which can fight the battle with destiny and win. If we do not have the weapon of acceptance we are sure to fail in the battle. Each man comes into this world with a specific destiny — he has something to fulfill, some message has to be delivered, some work has to be completed.
You are not here accidentally — you are here deliberately and meaningfully. There is a purpose to fulfill. Existence/God intends to do something through you. However, when you co-operate with your life, when you fit so harmoniously that whatsoever you are doing is a joy — happiness and serenity arises in you. And your eyes will no more be blocked with the clouds of the past rather they will be sparkling with the rays of the future. Where one is not bothered with destiny or fate and lives in the present here and now, one experiences the reality, thereby transcending life itself.

“Some are destined to succeed, some are determined to succeed.”  — H. H. Swami Tejomayananda


“Life is a choiceless choice. World is so large, definitely you have a special place in the world. Find your place.” — JojiValli